Susheel Vijayraghavan, a graduate student in neurobiology at the School of Medicine, has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic Fellowship. This fellowship, established by Yale and the pharmaceutical maker Pfizer in 2003, honors the memory of the late Yale professor Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Ph.D., and highlights excellence in neuroscience research at the medical school. According to Lynn Cooley, Ph.D., director of the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Vijayraghavan’s selection is a “tribute to Dr. Goldman-Rakic’s distinguished career and to Susheel’s developing career.”
Vijayraghavan studies the effects of dopamine on working memory in primates and was Goldman-Rakic’s final graduate student before her death in 2003. As the fellowship recipient, he will receive tuition, a stipend and health care coverage, as well as additional funds for travel to scientific meetings.